Hobbies and pastimes can be both fun and therapeutic. As the more creative one of our partnership, Hils has recently signed up for an evening sewing class. Over the past few weeks, she has also experimented with baking different types of bread. With mind and hands absorbed on creating beautiful things, Hils has found that they offer a way of both finding enjoyment and feeling better about life afterwards. She has also discovered that they give her a chance to pray, especially when kneading the dough! A quick look through any book on baking shows that bread comes in lots of shapes and sizes. Thanks to Hils’ creativity, we’ve recently been able to enjoy some homemade flat breads, a couple of seeded granary loaves and my favourite, chocolate sweet bread!
At yesterday’s mid-week Fellowship Group, we took another look at the Bible passage from last Sunday’s service. Reading it again in more detail revealed some surprising and encouraging insights. Whilst studying the story of the walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) we were certainly left with the feeling of ‘a fire burning in us’ as we explored Scripture together. In particular, the point where Jesus’ disciples come to recognise him when he breaks bread with them, something he must have done with them many times before when they met together.
Jesus had previously described himself as the bread of life (John 6:35). In those days, bread was one of the main sources of nutrition, something that we can easily forget with the variety of foodstuffs we have available to us today such as rice, pasta and potatoes. The point Jesus was making was that if you couldn’t get enough bread to eat your very life would be in danger. Equally, not relying on Him for your everyday spiritual diet leaves your very soul is in danger of withering away.
Meeting together on a Sunday or during the week for the different groups that we run at Brunswick for all ages are ways in which we can ‘Feed on Him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving’, words familiar to us from our fortnightly Holy Communion Service. Let’s continue to make the most of the opportunities to ‘break-bread’ with one other over the coming week, including our ‘bring and share meal’ on Sunday or our Confirmation Service on Monday evening. In so doing I hope that we too just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus come to recognise the risen Christ, who can sometimes be hidden from our eyes, as a presence at the centre of our lives, our church and our community.